Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin, master teacher at the Workmen's Circle, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on August 25, 2011 at KlezKanada. This interview is entirely in Yiddish.
Kolya spent the first thirty years of his life in Birobidzhan, a Jewish Autonomous region in Siberia created as a result of Stalin's nationality policy. Jews in this region were free to pursue secular Yiddish culture, thereby retaining some aspects of Jewish culture without challenging the Soviet Union's official policies of nationalist atheism.
In 1992, Kolya came to New York to pursue a Master's Degree in Yiddish from Columbia University. Since then, he has worked as a Yiddish instructor for the Workmen's Circle's adult and youth education programs, taught immersion programs at Workmen's Circle camps and conferences, and worked on a curriculum for teaching Yiddish to young beginners.
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To cite this interview: Nikolai (Koyla) Borodulin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Pauline Katz, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, KlezKanada, August 25, 2011. Video recording, https://archive.org/details/KolyeBorodulin25august2011YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )